With just over two weeks to go until the royal wedding on April 29, you’d be forgiven for assuming London’s hotel rooms have long been fully-booked. In fact, though 600,000 visitors are expected to hit England’s capitol to witness Prince William and Kate Middleton’s historic nuptials, there’s still time to book — and you don’t need a royal budget to make it happen.
“For those booking last minute, there are still some surprisingly good deals,” says Emma Thomas, Media Relations Manager, North America, for VisitEngland, the official tourism body for England. “Travelers can take advantage of room rates as low as £129 ($206.80) per night at Bermondsey Square Hotel, from £139 ($222.83) per night at K West Hotel & Spa, and from £169 including taxes ($270.92 US dollars) per double room per night including a Royal breakfast for two people at the four star Lancaster London Hotel overlooking Hyde Park.”
And there are still plenty of direct flights available from a number of major US cities to London during the week of the wedding.
Take advantage of Virgin Atlantic’s spring sale with economy fares starting at just $219* one way, and Upper Class fares from NYC starting at $1,136* each way from April 18 to 29. (*Taxes, fees and restrictions apply)
So if you’re serious about witnessing the big day in person, here’s a rundown of London’s hottest hotel deals:
• The Cadogan Hotel, one of London’s oldest hotels and former haunt of King Edward VII has packages from £1,790 for a Deluxe Junior Suite, including a three-night stay, afternoon tea, royal wedding dinner, Champagne flight on the London Eye, plus a bottle of English sparking wine to toast the couple on April 29. The three-night stay must be booked over the royal wedding weekend. Superior Double rooms start at £240 per night (excluding taxes). Book a transfer from any London airport or train station in a Rolls Royce Phantom for an additional £400.
• The K West Hotel & Spa is offering superior doubles at £139 (excluding taxes). K Suites are £500 per night (excluding taxes).
• The Bermondsey Square Hotel has rooms from £129 (excluding taxes) per night. The hotel’s Royal Package includes a welcome glass of champagne each and 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast each morning for £222 including tax.
• The One Aldwych hotel has rooms from £415 (excluding taxes), per room per night. The hotel’s Modern Romance Royal Wedding Package starts at £495 (excluding taxes), per room per night and includes in-room Champagne and a mini wedding cake upon arrival, a ‘Modern Royal Wedding’ dinner menu in the Axis restaurant, plus a picnic lunch and a half bottle of Champagne to take out on the procession route. (Additional nights start at £415)
• Cheval Residences has luxury serviced apartments available at Cheval Phoenix House, just off Sloane Square, from £235 per night (excluding taxes), plus a £250 Royal Wedding Package which includes a Windsor Picnic Hamper and chauffer-driven airport transfers from London Heathrow or London Gatwick. Quote: “Royal Wedding Package” when making a reservation.
• The Landmark London is offering The Royal Affair Stay Package from £325, which includes a night’s accommodation in a luxurious guestroom, a specially-created Monarch Dinner and traditional full English Breakfast. From £355 per night, The Royal Romance Stay Package includes a Bath Butler to run an indulgent ESPA bubble-bath and provide Champagne on ice, plus complimentary access to the Spa & Health Club facilities for the day and a traditional English breakfast in the Winter Garden.
• The Stafford London by Kempinski hotel has rooms starting at £496 (excluding taxes and breakfast) for a Deluxe King. Tickets are also still available to the hotel’s royal wedding viewing party for £85 per person, which includes all food and drink.
• The Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is offering accommodation from £495 (excluding taxes) for a Standard Queen room. On April 29, the hotel will also host an exclusive viewing party for guests only in the Hamilton Room, offering live coverage on two large TV screens from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m., serving up a Royal Afternoon Tea and a glass of champagne to toast the newlyweds.